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Breathtaking & Rare 2004 Martin HD-40 Tom Petty Signature Limited Edition Acoustic Guitar #233 of 274 & OHC


Finish: Original

Top Material: Spruce Top

Body Material: Rosewood Body

Body Details: Two piece spruce top with rosewood back and sides.

Neck Material: Mahogany Neck

Fingerboard Material: Ebony Fingerboard

Neck Profile: C shape / Voluted

Neck Thickness (IN): 1st .86″ 10th .92″

Fingerboard Radius: 12.00

Nut Width: 1-11/16 in

Neck Details: One piece mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard.

Headstock & Inlays: Rare torch abalone headstock inlay and moon and stars neck inlays, mother of pearl Tom Petty inlaid fingerboard signature.

Electronics: Fishman Gold Plus Natural II

Weight: 5lb

Serial / Issue #: 233

Here we have something very special to offer you at RGG.

This is a stunning, rare & near  pristine 2004 Martin Tom Petty HD-40 Signature acoustic #233 of just 274. Fitted with factory-installed Fishman Gold Plus Natural II electronics. Comes beautifully emblazoned with a rare Martin Torch abalone headstock inlay along with moon and stars neck inlays. Pretty much perfect condition, just one very small mark to her lower bout, but would not show on the photos. She has a hand signed label by Tom petty & Martin Chairman C.F. Martin IV & comes with original tweed Exterior / purple crushed velvet interior, TKL case.
This is a very iconic guitar with true provenance & are rarely seen up for sale. Now that Tom is sadly no longer here to make music, these guitars will undoubtedly rise in price and availability as they as they have now become true collectors items. However & equally importantly, as an instrument, I have to say that I have rarely heard better & I have sold many Martin acoustics. The tone is pure, rich and rounded & the sustain is really lovely & due to her arrow straight neck, the action is second to none. This guitar was previously owned by an avid TP fan & guitar collector & as such the condition is as you can imagine, almost mint, with literally no play wear to talk about! We can only find one almost invisible & very small lacquer mark to the lower bout, but try as we may, it would not show up on the photos!
Due to the value, we may consider certain high-end trades against this guitar, please feel free to enquire! 
Some history:
Tom Petty Spreads Full Moon Fever! Whether making music with the Heartbreakers, the Traveling Wilburys or on his own, Tom Petty defines straight-ahead, no excuses rock and roll. Integrity and commitment shine in his music, as brilliant on disc as in concert. After nearly 30 years of non-stop success, Tom Petty shows no signs of slowing down: his songwriting and playing retain a
timeless power few can match.
Acoustic guitars are everywhere in Petty’s
music. In his “Full Moon Fever” solo album, in albums with the Heartbreakers and during a portion of many of his concerts, both 6-strings and 12-strings are front and center. Petty also does much of his songwriting on acoustics; so when Tom Petty agreed to let C. F. Martin build a signature instrument bearing his name, the biggest challenge was whether (based on the many ways he uses acoustics) the choices might prove a bit overwhelming. In fact, Petty knew exactly what he wanted and it wasn’t one guitar, but two: a matched pair, 6-string and 12-string. He also had the specifications for each: The HD-40 and HD12-40 Tom Petty Signature Editions are those guitars.
The Tom Petty Signature Editions are eye- catching instruments with beautiful pearl inlays throughout. Each of these Dreadnoughts features an ivoroid-bound ebony fingerboard with spectacular “Full Moon Fever” position markers inlaid in black mother of pearl, silver awabi pearl and brilliant blue paua pearl. The fingerboard inlays follow the phases of the moon: new moon at the 1st fret, quarter moon with small star at the 3rd fret, half moon with small star at the 5th fret, three-quarter moon with small star at the 7th fret, full moon with small star at the 9th fret, three stars at the 12th fret and single stars at the 15th and 17th frets. Tom Petty’s signature is inlaid in pale gold agoya pearl between the 19th and
20th frets.
Framed with ivoroid
binding and mitered
black/white line inlays, the polished black ebony headplate provides the “canvas” for a select abalone pearl rendition of Martin’s “alternative torch” inlay, a rare pattern that originated with one of the
Here are some specifics from Martin:
Framed with ivoroid binding and mitered black/white line inlays, the polished black ebony headplate provides the “canvas” for a select abalone pearl rendition of Martin’s “alternative torch” inlay, a rare pattern that originated with one of the first Martin 00-45s in 1902. The Style-45 rosette showcases a center ring inlay of blue paua pearl, and abalone pearl dots on the ebony bridge pins and endpin contribute a touch of extra flash.
Superb solid tonewoods add to the beauty of this guitar. The Italian alpine spruce top, prized for rich, powerful tone, is matched to carefully scalloped Sitka spruce braces. The back and sides are crafted from handsome East Indian rosewood. The low profile neck is carved from genuine mahogany and boasts a satin finish, diamond volute, square tapered headstock with the antique Martin pressure stamp on the back and gold Schaller™ mini tuners with ebony buttons. The Tom Petty HD-40 is also equipped with factory-installed Fishman Gold Plus Natural II electronics to enable its owner to play both unplugged and amplified.
The guitar comes in it’s original vintage TKL™ hardshell case with tweed exterior and each HD-40 Tom Petty Signature Edition guitar bears an interior label personally signed by Tom Petty and Martin Chairman C.F. Martin IV, and is numbered in sequence with the total number of instruments in that model’s edition (No. 233 of just 274).”


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Our shipping policy is simple: We ship Guitars, Amps and Accessories to the UK, Europe & ROW. We’ve been shipping items to the UK and abroad for many years without any issues, as we always use the best and most reliable shipping companies. All guitars and amps will be shipped insured and tracked. So you can check your shipping status anytime. We always package them to the highest possible standard.

Note: All amps are preferably UK shipping or collection only. We rarely ship amps internationally, due to potential breakage, unless this is agreed separately. If you are outside Europe and are interested in any of our guitars or amps please contact us for a special shipping quote.


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